Thomas Lemar was once one of the hottest properties in European football and now he is being linked with a move to Manchester United.
One of Monaco’s stand out performers in their run to the Champions League semi-final, Lemar had teams including Arsenal and Liverpool clamouring to buy him.
Flattered to deceive
In the end he signed for Atletico and it’s fair to say his big money move hasn’t worked out. He’s had to take on a bit-part role and has struggled for minutes under Diego Simeone.
ESPN have today reported that Manchester United are circling and that they have met with the player’s agent.
It is believed he isn’t happy with the style of play at Atleti and that it isn’t suited to his qualities. He’d certainly suit the style United play.
The right fit for United?
Still only 24, he’s a pacey winger, who is adept at playing on either side. He’s predominantly left footed, something United lack when looking at their wingers.
He’d complement United’s front line very well and his close dribbling and incisive passing would make their counter-attacks even more deadly.
He’d also take a lot of the burden off of Dan James and Mason Greenwood. Both have filled that right side this year. It was evident James was in need of a rest. His performances stagnated and bringing in Lemar means he’d have the chance for more rest and could develop properly.
It would also free Greenwood to play centrally more and learn his trade there instead of out wide.
Price a stumbling block?
The downside for sure, would be his price-tag. He joined the Madrid-based club for 70 million euros and they’ll want to recoup that back, especially as he has three years left on has contract.
Would United be willing to pay a lot of money for a player who has struggled since leaving Monaco? And would Ole be willing to take such a risk?
There’s no doubting the player has shown quality in the past and perhaps the tactics in Spain haven’t suited him. But United should be savvy and look at all options in front of them before jumping to sign Lemar.
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